Senior Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Services

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 March 2019

Job Description


The Senior Technical Advisor for Pharmaceutical Services is responsible to lead and manage Pharmaceutical system and services strengthening activities under the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS), Rwanda. S/He provides technical assistance to Pharmacy Department (PD), Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (FDA), Rwanda Pharmacy Council, Hospital Pharmacy services, TB and HIV programs, other relevant departments and institutions at central, regional and peripheral levels of Ministry of Health (MOH), Rwanda . S/he provides guidance to technical advisors and ensures the roll out of all activities designed and budgeted in annual work plan with quality and expected outcomes. Work closely with monitoring, evaluation and communication team to design results framework, monitor and evaluate performance; and disseminate results. As a senior management team member, assist country project director in strategic planning, risk mitigation, performance management and coordination.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Support (30%)

  • Provide technical support to management and country team in the conceptualization and implementation of pharmaceutical management activities at the country, regional and peripheral levels.
  • Lead and participate in activities aimed at Pharmaceutical management system strengthening, assessments, options analysis, operations research, and strategic planning ensuring that findings, recommendations and plans are all consistent with USAID objectives and host government priorities.
  • Provide technical support to Technical Advisors in the implementation of planned activities and in the review of project deliverables ensuring quality of products.
  • Participate and represent MSH and project in meetings with Ministry of Health(MOH), Pharmacy Department, other government agencies and institutions, USAID, Global Fund, national and international partners and collaborators.

Coordination (20%)

  • Coordinate with Pharmacy Department, Hospital Pharmacy department and partners in the development and implementation of pharmaceutical management system ;
  • Coordinate with other project activities ensuring harmonization and collaboration with other aspects of the program in country.

Capacity Building (20%)

  • Participate in human resource capacity assessments in the pharmaceutical sector and collaborate internally and externally to develop country-specific capacity building material, strategies and roll out plans.
  • Assist MOH and National Programs to design and review, policies, standards, guidelines, procedures and other relevant materials,
  • Participate in the planning and delivery of Pharmaceutical system strengthening programs aimed at building the capacity of MOH , national programs, drug regulatory authority, other pharmaceutical cadres and training institutions.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders for the development, deployment and implementation of appropriate tools necessary to improve pharmaceutical management information systems and their appropriate use for decision making.

Monitoring & Evaluation (20%)

  • In coordination with the M&E team, support project for the establishment of mechanisms for collecting relevant data to their established indicators. Also participate in program review activities and provide adequate recommendations.
  • Support Technical Advisors and other project staff in the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned including the development and submission of abstracts and articles to scientific journals and conferences.

Performance Management (10%)

  • Supervise assigned Technical Advisors ensuring the adequacy of their performance and their continuous professional development.
Qualifications and Experience



  • Master’s Degree in pharmacy or any other relevant discipline with hands on experience in public health programs especially related to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other infectious and non-infectious diseases.



  • 7+ years’ of relevant experience in areas of pharmaceuticals and health technologies supply chain management, pharmacovigilance, regulatory systems, systems strengthening related projects, preferably with international donors such as USAID, Global Fund, UN and World Bank.


  • Experience in providing patient services at the clinical level desirable.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated managerial and supervisory skills.
  • Fluent (written and oral) in English and French.
  • Strong computer skills; Excel, MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint.
  • Skilled in Pharmaceutical management and Pharmacovigilance in public and private sectors.


  • Ability to work independently and in team

  • Good judgment for decision making.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.

Physical Demands:

  • Travel requirements 30% at national and international levels.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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